R-2 approves changes to COVID-19 safety plan with few alterations

By Roxie Murphy, Staff Writer
Posted 8/10/22

The COVID-19 Safe Return and Continuity Plan was approved July 25 by the Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education.

Superintendent Dr. Jeri Kay Hardy told members they would find the changes …

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R-2 approves changes to COVID-19 safety plan with few alterations

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The COVID-19 Safe Return and Continuity Plan was approved July 25 by the Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education.

Superintendent Dr. Jeri Kay Hardy told members they would find the changes highlighted in yellow.

“We changed the school year,” she began. “The protocols are still going to be the same for COVID. None of that stuff has changed. If you have a positive COVID, we want you to stay home for five days. Then when you come back, you wear a mask for an additional five days.”

The district will also continue to use the later drop-off time that went into effect in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.

“The drop-off time is no earlier than 7:45 a.m.,” Hardy said. “We left the school closure in there. We don’t plan on closing school, but it still falls under those same categories if we had to do that.”

Hardy explained that there were not a lot of changes to the plan, mostly it was changing the school year.

“So the state is still requiring that we have this?” Director Molly Steinbeck asked.

Hardy said yes, as COVID funds have not expired and the schools are still spending COVID funds, they will need to continue to renew the plan every six months. However, the district had voted to expand COVID leave during the previous plan discussion.

“As all of the schools in our area are no longer paying COVID leave, we can just let that expire,” Hardy added. “If that is what you chose to do. We don’t have to make a motion because it was already in (the first motion).”

Steinbeck asked if they could bring back the paid leave if things get bad when school starts. Hardy said they could.

Changes to the plan were approved. No official action was taken.

Gasconade County R-3 School District students are scheduled to return to classes with full day planned on Monday, Aug. 22.

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